We end our short Samson series today. The Lord devoted four chapters of the Bible to this man of huge contradictions.
He was called from birth for twofold mission.
1. To be a man completely devoted to God his whole life.
2. To begin to deliver the Israelites from the oppression of their Philistine rulers.
If you judge Samson’s life simply based on the second part of his mission… He was pretty successful.
He killed hundreds and hundreds of Philistine warriors as many as 1000 at a time.
He completely devastated the Philistine economy one year by burning their crops.
He destroyed the gates of one of the Philistines most important cities.
Before Samson’s birth God had called him to this and he was successful. He was literally a one man wrecking ball of destruction on the Philistines.
It is the first part of Samson’s mission that produces the tragedy… Samson did not live his life in devotion to the Lord. He became a man enraptured with lust. If something looked good, tasted good or felt good Samson was all over it. That Hedonistic approach to life created a downward spiral of lust betrayal revenge and eventually murder in the life of Samson.